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  • Perils of climate change: Time for action

    The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as the UN Climate Change

  • Where has all the green gone?

    As I pass the planning commission office in Agargaon on a rickshaw, on a jam-packed road in the evening, I cannot help noticing the big advertisements

  • Cyclone Bulbul: Views from the ground

    At least a dozen people died and many more were injured due to the impact of the cyclonic storm Bulbul in Bangladesh.

  • Realigning our climate change goals

    In climate change jargon, the process of adjustment to actual or expected climate change and its effects seeking to moderate or avoid harm or exploit beneficial opportunities is defined as adaptation.

  • Battling climate induced displacement

    Disaster and climate induced displacement has become an important issue in the global disaster risk reduction (DRR) conversation.

  • The silent killer lurking in the air

    Surprising as it may seem to some, non-smokers in Bangladesh can die of lung cancer, and we are not talking about passive smoking here.

  • When the garbage piles up

    The near absence of an environment-friendly urban waste management system in Bangladesh is a major concern for the citizens.

  • Building capacity to implement the Paris Agreement

    The Asia-Pacific Climate Week was held at the UN Conference Centre, Bangkok from September 2 to 6, 2019. The objective was to have a regional dialogue on how to rachet up ambition in mitigation and speed up adaptation actions.

  • Climate change: Is solar radiation management a feasible idea?

    In an op-ed piece published in this newspaper on August 27, 2019, I discussed a number of methods within the context of Solar Radiation Management (SRM) as a way of mitigating some of the impacts of climate change. They are whitening low-level clouds, thinning the Cirrus clouds, injecting sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere, or putting sunshades (mirrors and/or reflectors) in outer space.

  • Saving Dhanmondi Lake

    The Dhanmondi lake deserves some serious attention by the relevant authorities to save it from pollution.

  • Proforestation: A better climate action than tree plantation

    The “Global Warming of 1.5 degree C” report determined “afforestation” (planting new forests) and “reforestation” (replacing forests on deforested or recently harvested lands) as essential strategies to remove greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere. Likewise, the role of trees in addressing the climate change problem has received much attention in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) special report on “Climate Change and Land”. However, planting trees is not a silver bullet against climate change and it should be a part of an inclusive action plan to address the climate crisis.

  • Solar radiation management can help combat climate change

    In the Environmental Physics course that I teach from time to time, a student once remarked that we really do not have to worry about the deleterious effects of climate change because technology would be able to solve all the problems we are facing.

  • Solving the climate crisis is beyond governments

    Throughout my 10 years working in international development and climate policy, I’ve mostly heard colleagues talk about the private sector as if it was this intangible,

  • Transboundary cooperation key to enforcing rivers’ legal rights in Bangladesh

    In June 2019, the Bangladesh High Court granted its rivers the status and rights of a living entity, becoming the fourth country after New Zealand, India and Colombia to do so, and the first to extend the declaration to every river within its territory. The decision was welcomed by river rights groups, environmentalists, experts and the National River Conservation Commission of Bangladesh as an important move against the widespread encroachment and pollution, choking hundreds of rivers crisscrossing Bangladesh.

  • Plastic Pollution on Bay of Bengal

    Alarming plastic pollution in the Bay of Bengal

    Plastics play a vital role in our daily life. However, plastic debris in the marine environment has serious negative impacts on marine resources, fisheries as well as on the use of coastal areas for tourism. It is also a threat to our precious Blue Economy.

  • Despite global climate extremes, why is climate action so slow?

    Over a hundred people have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced in the first few weeks of the South Asian monsoon this year.

  • The inextricable link between water scarcity and poverty

    When I was visiting a museum in Athens last year, one of my Greek friends was explaining to me about an ancient water supply canal that went through underneath the museum. It was amazing to see that the authorities in Athens realised the importance of providing clean water for its newly urbanised citizens, even thousands of years ago.

  • Environmental challenges dictate need for South Asian peace

    Despite serious discord and disputes between the countries of South Asia, the concept of a common future of the region based on increasing cooperation among the people and governments has somehow survived because of strong geographical, economic and cultural factors.

  • America’s ‘Last Frontier’ is slowly becoming the ‘Lost Frontier’

    Nick-Named the “Last Frontier”, Alaska is the largest state (in area) of the United States. It is also one of the richest states, thanks to its abundance of natural resources, such as oil, natural gas, gold and fish. The state is home to a vast expanse of pristine wilderness, towering mountains, breathtaking glaciers and big game animals.

  • Is it time for a water tax in the apparel sector?

    Imagine if you had in your hands an extremely precious resource. While you have lots of this resource, you only have a finite amount—it won’t last forever.

  • Banning zoos, ‘rewilding’, and tackling climate change

    As a six-year-old obsessed and fascinated with the wild, I remember asking my mother once: “How do tigers protect the environment?”

  • Miscarriage on the rise: Effects of climate change in coastal Bangladesh

    Most people felt the temperature this summer was higher than previous years, and that it has become intolerable.

  • Why thorium is a safer nuclear option

    The picture is crystal clear. Human activity will soon drive the climate crisis all across our planet to the tipping point unless we rapidly transform the ways in which we produce and consume energy. While renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures can help dramatically cut emissions of greenhouse gases, they are not the panacea for the climate change related problems that we have created.

  • Ozone: An emerging air pollutant in Dhaka City

    The fact depicted by recent global surveys that Dhaka is the second most air-polluted capital city of the world is surely not delighting for anyone. Several sporadic scientific studies were carried out in the last 25 years to characterise the composition of air pollutants of Dhaka city.

  • Our oceans: The ultimate sump

    Today is “World Oceans Day,” a day observed worldwide to raise our awareness of the crucial role the oceans play in sustaining life on Earth. It is also a day to appreciate the beauty of the oceans that “brings eternal joy to the soul.”

  • Fighting climate change, building resilience

    As the cyclone Fani approached the Bangladeshi coast last month, many were reminded of the horrors that previous super cyclones left in their wake. In 1970, a cyclone of similar intensity killed half a million people.

  • Fusion: A safer nuclear option

    It is obvious that global efforts to combat climate change—that were agreed upon at the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris—have already gone off the rails.

  • We are on the verge of welcoming another world

    Perhaps, the Pakicetus had metamorphosed into Ambulocetus and then into whales only to be plucked out of their kingdom of waters centuries later.

  • How to save lives, before it’s too late

    Many of us today interpret economic development to mean installation of a metro rail system, grand openings of franchise fast-food chains, a steadfast rise of GDP rates, and all such vantage points of corporate success.

  • Urgent action vital to stop nature’s destruction and climate change

    The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ report on the global state of biodiversity is shocking but not entirely surprising. The question is, how much more evidence and repeated warnings will it take for governments, companies and financial institutions to wake up to the urgency and act?